Friday, February 27, 2009

Jerry Sims Voted Off "Survivor: Tocantins"

On yesterday's all new "Survivor: Tocantins" 49 year old Army sergeant Jerry Sims became the third castaway voted out of the game. The show started with Jerry revealing to his tribe that he had bad stomach pains. Still feeling uneasy he and the rest of his tribe met the competing tribe for the Reward Challenge. The tribes were blindfolded and using only one castaways voice to guide them, they had to navigate a maze and fill up two buckets - one with water and one with corn - raising a flag. Jalapao crushed Timbira filling both their buckets before Timbira even filled one. They were rewarded with blankets, pillows, an umbrella and a hammock. They also sent Brendan to Exile again and Brendan again picked Taj to go with him. At Exile Taj and Brendan decided to expand their alliance to include Stephen and Sierra. The next day the tribes met again for the Immunity Challenge, which consisted of pushing giant crates across a field and stacking them to form stairs. Jalapao climbed the stairs first, continuing their winning streak. The good fortune continued even further for Brendan, who used his clues to find the hidden immunity idol. Timbira, on the other hand, went to tribal council and decided unanimously to vote out Jerry. 13 people remain, who will leave next?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Hosea Rosenberg Wins "Top Chef: New York"

On the season finale of "Top Chef: New York" 34 year old Hosea Rosenberg beat Stefan and Carla to win the grand prize. The finale started with Padma and Tom telling the final three that their last challenge would be to create the best three course meal of their lives. Their sous chefs were three previous runner ups from past seasons. After a day of prep the chefs were thrown a final twist. They also had to make an hors d'oeuvre using redfish, crab or alligator. When all the food was ready 12 judges tasted it including Padma, Tom, Gail, Rocco DiSpirito and recently eliminated chef Fabio. At the judge's table Hosea's venison triumphed over Stefan's squab and Hosea was crowned the winner of season five. Do you think Hosea deserved the win or was Stefan robbed? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

"Married Couple" Steve & Linda Cole Eliminated from "The Amazing Race 14"

On Sunday night's "The Amazing Race 14" married couple Steve and Linda Cole became the second pair eliminated from the show. The episode began with the ten teams leaving Switzerland and flying to Munich, Germany. When they arrived they drove to the town of Ruhpolding where they found a Roadblock. The task required one team member to paraglide down a 6,000 ft. mountain. However, if it was too windy the teams could instead take the one hour hike down the mountain. All the teams ended up hiking except for Mel, who waited for the wind to die down and completed the challenge. During the hike Linda got lost causing her and Steve to fall behind. When the task was done the teams were instructed to Schonau Am Konigssee where a Detour awaited them. The choice was between riding Segways over a two mile stunt course or throwing pies at your partner's face until you found one with cherry filling. When that was done some mechanical woodcutters would cut a piece of wood with the name of the Pit Stop - Schloss Hellbrunn - printed on it. Siblings Tammy and Victor arrived there first and each won a hybrid go-cart. Steve and Linda couldn't overcome their mistakes and they arrived last, eliminating them from the race. Now only nine teams remain, who will be eliminated next?

Monday, February 23, 2009

What's the Shocking "Bachelor" Finale Secret?

This has definitely been an exciting season of "The Bachelor". From Jason eliminating one extra woman than originally planned to the upcoming visit from DeAnna, this season has had lots of us on the edge of our seats. And its only going to get better. "Bachelor" creator Mike Fleiss says the ending will be “the most dramatic anything ever. It’s a shocking finish to the show. Just when you think the show is going to end, it doesn’t.” Because of that ABC ordered an extra hour of "After the Final Rose" to air Tuesday March 3rd.

What will the "shocking" ending be? Many rumors are swirling but the most logical one comes from this post on reality blurred. I won't go into all the details in case you don't want the ending spoiled, but let's just say Jason may not be the best at making choices. We'll find out for sure in one week, but in the meantime what do you think will happen on the finale? What should Jason do? Leave a comment below and share your predictions!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Candace Smith Voted off "Survivor Tocantins"

On Thursday's new "Survivor: Tocantins" Candace Smith became the second castaway voted off the show. The episode began with Taj revealing to her tribemates that she is married to former NFL player Eddie George. Later, a wary JT said it best: "I know I definitely need the million dollars more than Taj does". At the Immunity Challenge the tribes met in the rain at a lake with two basketball hoops at each end. Three people on each team faced off and fought for the ball. The first team to score three baskets would win immunity and fishing supplies. Timbira scored the first two points and looked like a lock to win immunity, but Jalapao came from behind and got three baskets in a row, earning them immunity. They also chose Brendan to go to Exile Island, however Jeff threw out a bombshell when he announced that Brendan now got to pick someone from the winning tribe to go with him. Brendan chose Taj and when the pair arrived at Exile they found two urns. They each picked one, but only Brendan's had a clue about the immunity idol. Also in the urn was a note saying he had the option to mutiny and switch tribes. While he didn't mutiny he did share the clue with Taj and they formed a secret alliance. That night at Timbira's tribal council Coach and Candace's fighting put the target on their backs and it was Candace who got the boot. Fourteen survivors remain, who will be voted out next?

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Fabio Viviani Eliminated from "Top Chef 5"

On Wednesday's penultimate episode of "Top Chef: New York" Fabio Viviani was sent home and the final three were revealed. The show began with the final four traveling to New Orleans and meeting celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse. Padma then tosses the chefs a curve ball by telling them they will not be competing in the Quickfire challenge. Instead the three most recently eliminated chefs - Jamie, Jeff and Leah - will have a chance to rejoin the competition. Those three had an hour to make a dish featuring crawfish. Emeril tasted all three and declared Jeff the winner. However, if Jeff didn't win the next challenge he would be going home. The five chefs were then told they were going to cater a masquerade ball at the New Orleans Museum of Art. They each had to make two dishes & a cocktail and one of the dishes had to be Creole. At the judges table it was revealed that Jeff didn't win so he was sent home but Carla did win and received a 2009 Toyota Venza. The judges also sent Fabio home leaving just Carla, Stefan and Hosea in the finals. Who will win? Find out in next weeks season finale!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

"Bachelor" Jason Eliminates Jillian Harris

On Monday's episode of "The Bachelor" Jason Mesnick narrowed down his final four women to just three, eliminating Jillian Harris. The show began in Queenstown, New Zealand with Jason preparing for his fantasy dates with the three remaining women. First up, Jason took Jillian on a helicopter tour of New Zealand's mountain ranges. Later that night Jason offered Jillian the option to spend the night in his suite and she accepted. The next day Jason took Molly bungee jumping and later Molly beat Jason to the punch and asked him to spend the night with her. Jason's final date was with Melissa and they sailed on a boat once owned by Winston Churchill. After dinner Melissa also accepted Jason's invitation to continue their evening. Finally, at the rose ceremony Jason gave his final two roses away and sent Jillian home. Next week is the "Women Tell All" special followed in two weeks by the shocking season finale. Who will Jason choose? We'll find out on March 2nd!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

"Dating Couple" Preston and Jennifer Eliminated from "The Amazing Race 14"

Last night Preston McCamy and Jennifer Hopka became the first couple eliminated from "The Amazing Race 14". The new season began with all eleven teams starting the race at Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos, California. On Phil's signal the race started and the teams read their first clue. They were given the choice of two flights: one to Zurich and one to Milan. Once they arrived they had to travel by train to Locarno, Switzerland where they would receive their next clue at the Church of San Antonio. Flight Attendants Christie and Jodi were the first to arrive and were given the earliest of three departure times the next morning. After a night of rest at a campsite the teams were told to take a taxi to the Verzasca Dam where the first Roadblock awaited them. One member of each team had to do a 70 story bungee jump from the dam. After completing the task the teams were instructed to Kleine Rugen Wiese in the city of Interlaken. Father and Son Mike and Mel arrived first and received a clue saying each team had to transport 200 pounds of cheese down a slippery hill using antique cheese racks. Mother and Son Margie and Luke completed the task first and were also the first team to arrive in Stechelberg, the Pit Stop for this leg of the race, earning them a trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Preston and Jennifer were not so lucky as they came in last, eliminating them from the race. Now ten teams remain, who will be eliminated next?

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Carolina Eastwood the First Castaway Voted Off "Survivor 18: Tocantins"

On last night's season premiere of "Survivor 18: Tocantins" 26 year old bartender Carolina Eastwood became the first castaway voted off the show. The season began with the 16 contestants arriving in the Brazilian highlands via truck. They were already split into two tribes: Jalapao and Timbira and they could not talk to one another. Jeff then gave them one minute to scavenge as many supplies from the truck as they could. Afterward, they were told they had to vote one member of each tribe who would not make the journey with them. Thinking that person would be out of the game for good each tribe picked their weakest players, Sandy and Sierra. But Jeff surprised them all when he revealed that not only weren't they going home, but they would get a helicopter ride straight to camp. When they arrived Sandy and Sierra both got clues telling them they could start building their camp or get a hint about a hidden immunity idol. Sandy chose the hint, while Sierra started working. Four hours later the rest of the tribes finally made it to camp. After a day to get to know each other, the tribes competed in their first Immunity Challenge which had the survivors retrieving planks from a raft, assembling the planks onto a staircase and then completing a puzzle. While Jalapao got an early lead, Timbira was able to overtake them at the puzzle. At Tribal Council Jalapao unanimously decided to keep Sandy and instead vote out Carolina. Now 15 people remain, who will be voted off next?

Friday, February 13, 2009

Leah Cohen Eliminated from "Top Chef 5"

On last night's new episode of "Top Chef: New York" 26 year old chef Leah Cohen was eliminated and the final four were revealed. The show began with the five remaining contestants preparing a dish for chef Wylie Dufresne using eggs. Carla's green eggs and ham was declared the winner and she won the challenge. The contestants then randomly pulled the names of famous chefs and had to cook a "last meal" for those chefs, including Lidia Bastianich and Jacques Pepin. Fabio's roasted chicken was deemed the best by the panel of judges while Leah's eggs Benedict was named the worst. In the end, Leah was told to pack her knives. Now only four remain, who do you think should win?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Joanna Pacitti Disqualified from "Idol"

"American Idol" has just revealed the top 36 contestants of season eight, but one of those 36 has already been booted. Joanna Pacitti has been disqualified from the competition because she had close relationships with two people who work at 19 Entertainment, which is one of "Idol"s producers. All three may have even lived in the same L.A. apartment for several years. "The producers do the background checks right around the Hollywood Week round. When they see something that stands out, they have to address it" Ryan Seacrest told Fox News. "And they saw something, and there was apparently some sort of a link that, somewhere along the line, could be construed as one that's close to the competition, and they didn't want to risk it. It's a sad thing to have to tell a contestant they can't compete. But we have to play by our rules." Felicia Barton, a 26 year old mother from Virginia Beach, Virginia will replace Pacitti in the Top 36.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

"Bachelor" Jason Eliminates Naomi Crespo

After four action-packed hometown dates Jason gave roses to his final three ladies and gave the boot to 24 year old flight attendant Naomi Crespo. The show began with Jason departing for his first destination: British Columbia, Canada and his visit with Jillian and her family. After telling Jason about her mother's battle with depression, Jillian introduced him to her family and they had a relatively normal visit. Next Jason traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan where he had another pretty normal visit with Molly's parents except for when Molly's mom forced Jason to draw a picture of Molly. Then it was off to Lake Elsinore, California for an anything but normal visit with Naomi's parents. Naomi's mom had a funeral for a dove she hit with her car and Naomi's dad took the opportunity to talk to Jason about Jesus. Finally, Jason traveled to Dallas, Texas for what he thought would be a visit with Melissa's parents. However her parents wouldn't go on camera, so he only got to see her friends. Back in Seattle at the Rose Ceremony Jason eliminated Naomi saying they were in "different places". With only three women left who will leave next?

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Nick Cannon to Host "America's Got Talent"

NBC has announced that actor/comedian Nick Cannon will replace Jerry Springer as the host of "America's Got Talent". "I'm thrilled to be working with NBC" said Cannon. "NBC executives Ben Silverman and Paul Teledgy understand my vision as not only an entertainer but as a creative show producer. I look forward to working with the network and their executive team on America's Got Talent and other shows to come." The network also confirmed that all three judges will return for the upcoming fourth season, which will premiere this summer.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

"Dancing with the Stars 8" Cast and Pro Partner Pairings Revealed

The new cast of "Dancing with the Stars 8" has just been announced by ABC. Thirteen new celebrities will compete, including three real life couples. Husband and wife Ty Murray and Jewel, newly engaged dancers Maksim and Karina and country singer Chuck Wicks teams with his girlfriend Julianne Hough. New dances this season include the Argentine Tango and East Coast Swing. Also new this year: the bottom two couples facing elimination will have a Dance Off to determine who is eliminated in the first weeks of the competition. Here are all thirteen stars, what do you think of the new cast?

Singer-Songwriter Jewel 34
Pro Partner: Dmitry Chaplin (New)

Rodeo Star Ty Murray 39
Pro Partner: Chelsie Hightower (New)

Actor/Comedian David Alan Grier 53
Pro Partner: Kym Johnson

"Go-Go's" Lead Singer Belinda Carlisle 50
Pro Partner: Jonathan Roberts

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak 58
Pro Partner: Karina Smirnoff

Actress Denise Richards 38
Pro Partner: Maksim Chmerkovskiy

"Sex and the City" Actor Gilles Marini 33
Pro Partner: Cheryl Burke

Country Singer Chuck Wicks 29
Pro Partner: Julianne Hough

Olympic Gymnast Shawn Johnson 17
Pro Partner: Mark Ballas

Football Player Lawrence Taylor 50
Pro Partner: Edyta Sliwinska

"Access Hollywood" Anchor Nancy O'Dell 43
Pro Partner: Tony Dovolani

"Jackass" Star Steve-O 34
Pro Partner: Lacey Schwimmer

Rapper Lil' Kim 33
Pro Partner: Derek Hough

Saturday, February 7, 2009

"Bachelor" Jason Eliminates Stephanie Hogan

New "Bachelor" Jason Mesnick has picked his final four women and Stephanie Hogan isn't one of them. Monday's episode began with host Chris Harrison telling the remaining bachelorettes that they would be traveling to Jason's hometown of Seattle. First up, Melissa was given a one-on-one date with Jason but the initial plans were changed because Jason's son Ty didn't want his dad to leave. Instead they had a relaxed evening at home. The next day Jillian, Stephanie and Molly had a group date with Jason where they took a boat ride, got interviewed at a radio station and returned to the hotel for drinks. Finally, on day three Naomi got her long awaited one-on-one date. Her and Jason took a seaplane tour of Seattle and traveled to a rock climbing wall. Once all the dates were over Jason asked to speak with Jillian and Naomi privately before making his final decision. At the rose ceremony an emotional Jason eliminated Stephanie leaving only four girls remaining. Who do you think Jason will ultimately choose?

Friday, February 6, 2009

Jerry Springer Quits "America's Got Talent"

After two seasons of hosting "America's Got Talent" Jerry Springer is leaving the show. In a statement to The Associated Press Springer said he's quitting because of other commitments including his talk show and a stage role. Springer also said the show was "an amazing ride". He replaced original host Regis Philbin two years ago. No word yet on who the new host will be.